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Willard Alineas Tressler


Assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crewmember of B-24D 41-11613 "The Blue Streak" of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C and crew went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour.

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 514th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-11613 Florine Ju Ju, Liberandos, Teggie Ann, The Blue Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, #41-11613, 'The Blue Streak' of the 514th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force was originally named 'Florine Ju Ju', then, '71 Liberandos', '71 Teggie Ann', and last '71 The Blue Streak'. She was a member of the HALPRO...


Event Location Date
Born 6 December 1915

Son of Dennis Albert and Emma Viola [Herwig] Tressler.

Enlisted Harrisburg, PA 16 September 1941

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Based 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 18 July 1945

Honourable discharge

Died Uniontown, PA 10 October 2004
Buried Country Oaks Cemetery Hico, Hamilton County, TX 13 October 2004

Country Oaks Cemetery
Hamilton County, Texas


Date Contributor Update
27 January 2021 19:41:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 02:49:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 17:24:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations